Pronunciation: (kom'pi-tunt), [key]
1. having suitable or sufficient skill, knowledge, experience, etc., for some purpose; properly qualified: He is perfectly competent to manage the bank branch.
2. adequate but not exceptional.
3. Law.(of a witness, a party to a contract, etc.) having legal competence.
4. Geol.(of a bed or stratum) able to undergo folding without flowage or change in thickness.
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